River Restoration Northwest (RRNW) is excited to announce that we will be hosting our eighth annual ‘Stories of Our Watersheds” film event. In 2021, selected films will be screened on a virtual platform, with in-person events to be determined in Portland OR, Seattle WA, Walla Walla, WA and Bend OR. Our event features a series of short documentary films that celebrate the different ways we experience, sustain and celebrate our river systems.

RRNW is seeking films that acknowledge the many disciplines, perspectives of the river or watershed restoration industry, watershed stakeholders and river users. Films should be documentary style and be entertaining, educational, and inspirational. We are encouraging films that focus on the theme of Adaptation and Resiliency: The ways we change our landscapes and ourselves to meet the toughest challenges posed by our evolving land use, climate, political, and social systems, and the ways we resist changes to ensure our values and core beliefs remain intact. Films shall not be commercial in nature and must have audio.

Films from the west coast of North America are preferred but are not a requirement. We have received and selected submissions from around the world. Visit our website for a list of films that have been selected in the past: https://www.rrnw.org/2021film/
Run times of 10 minutes or less, per film is preferred, with a maximum length of 20 minutes.

River Restoration Northwest is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Our mission is to advance the science and standards of practice of river restoration through an interdisciplinary approach.

An audience selected best in show award will be announced after the events.

Filmmakers of selected films are encouraged to attend in-person events and present their films. For past events we have provided opportunities for a question and answer session and the platform for this activity will be evaluated closer to the date of the event.

Submissions must be received no later than the Final Late Deadline on midnight. Late entries will not be accepted. By submitting this form, you acknowledge these regulations and RRNW's right to copy any submitted material, and to utilize your performance and image for RRNW's non-commercial use.

I state that I am authorized to submit this film to the RRNW Film Event for consideration and have read, understand, and agree to all the requirements. I agree that I have secured all necessary rights for both picture and sound, and exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights including but not limited to music, images, and content. I further grant RRNW the right to use clips from the film at the event or online for promotional, archival, and other non-commercial uses. I (We) grant RRNW permission to broadcast the work, use my name and image, and to license, distribute, duplicate archive or otherwise promote my work (as a produced film) for educational and/or non-commercial purposes as RRNW deem appropriate.

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  • Wahoo Films

    Great event! I've been for the last 3 years and it just keeps getting better and better. Moving stories, great audience, and awesome venue in beautiful Portland, OR.

    May 2017